The Secret Keeper of Jaipur (Hardcover)
It’s been several years since I’ve spent time in India, but this story took me right back to the colorful culture of the pink city of Jaipur, nestled in the glorious province of Rajastan. I savored every descriptive scene! I could feel it, hear it, smell it! This is the story of a multi-generation family, who possess power and wealth but become entangled in unscrupulous dealings. Nevertheless, their love for each other prevails. The cast of characters is vibrant and rich, giving the reader an incredible glimpse into the Indian culture of the 1950s. If you enjoyed The Henna Artist by Joshi, I’m certain you’ll enjoy this mesmerizing story as well! - Virgie
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In New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi's intriguing new novel, henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her prot g , Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace in this tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.
It's the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private school education. At twenty, he has just met a young woman named Nimmi when he leaves to apprentice at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Their latest project: a state-of-the-art cinema.
Malik soon finds that not much has changed as he navigates the Pink City of his childhood. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, and favors flow from Jaipur's Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema's balcony tragically collapses on opening night, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover the truth. As a former street child, he always knew to keep his own counsel; it's a lesson that will serve him as he untangles a web of lies.
"Captivated me from the first chapter to the last page." --Reese Witherspoon on The Henna Artist